In his nine novels, Ted Lewis fearlessly identified many difficult areas he observed in the 1950/80’s society, of which he was a part.
Some difficult disclosures that he courageously wrote about included:
that criminals really were being assisted by some very corrupt police officers; and
gangsterism is a grisly way of life rather than a romantic one as some liked to portray it; and
females can willingly see advantage in being complicit in some men’s exploitation of women; and
young people often have a hesitating and immature first experience of sexuality.
It is instructive that Ted Lewis’s first novel insightfully describes the shame, regret and disgust felt by a young man who foolishly loses his temper and unreasonably lashes out at a girlfriend. Although Lewis was haunted by an insecure and addictive personality, no lady in his life is on record
complaining about any violence or controlling behaviour. He was never corrupt, a gangster or ruthless like some fictitious characters portrayed in
his novels. He never wrote or implied that such flawed behaviour as he exposed was in any way acceptable.